I’ve long advocated for more funding for our transportation infrastructure as a member of the House Transportation Committee. That’s why I asked the Texas Transportation Institute to publish a report — “The High Cost of Doing Nothing” — that urges our state to fund our transportation needs.
While roads are important, so are other issues that affect all Texans, such as education and access to healthcare. I oppose any plan that includes a “floor” provision that would restrict the use of Rainy Day Funds.
The House and Senate have agreed on a plan that would ask the voters to fund transportation projects with existing oil and gas production taxes, which currently flow into the Rainy Day Fund.
However, the Senate plan would stop funding transportation projects if the Rainy Day Fund balance drops below $6 billion. My fellow Democrats in the House and I oppose a “floor” provision because we have so many pressing needs in our state, and cannot further limit our future ability to fund any of them.
We must fund infrastructure in Texas. A strong roads system is a critical component of our economy, and key to bringing jobs and investment here to Texas — as well as making sure workers can get to those jobs.
However, we cannot allow transportation funding to hamper other efforts to fund education or healthcare.
I cannot support any plan that includes a “floor” in the Rainy Day Fund, and encourage all of my fellow House Democrats to hold firm in our position.